Pohang Residents Protest in Seoul for Earthquake Compensation

  • By Kim Eun-joong

    October 31, 2019 12:56

    Some 2,000 residents of Pohang rallied in Seoul on Wednesday demanding compensation for victims of a series of earthquakes that rattled the southeastern port city some two years ago.

    The protesters gathered in front of the National Assembly and demanded a special law to compensate them for the physical, financial and psychological damage they suffered.

    Residents of Pohang protest in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on Wednesday.

    A 5.4 and 4.6-scale earthquake shook the city in November 2017 and February last year. Lawmakers promised to enact special laws to restore the stricken city and help its residents by next month, which marks the second anniversary of the disaster.

    A panel of investigators said in March this year that geothermal power plants triggered the earthquakes in Pohang. Residents are calling on the government to punish those responsible and come up with measures to resuscitate the port city's economy.

    They pointed out that 2,000 people are still living in temporary housing after their homes were damaged by the earthquake, 300 of them in shipping containers and public stadiums. 

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